Our Mission

We are a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity.

What We Stand For

Today, almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education ushered in the civil rights movement, there is an urgent need to reaffirm and advance its core principles. To insist on our common humanity. To demand that we are each entitled to equality under the law. To bring about a world in which we are all judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.

That’s where FAIR comes in.

We defend civil rights and liberties guaranteed to each individual, including freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, and the right to personal privacy.

We advocate for individuals who are threatened or persecuted for speech, or who are held to a different set of rules for language or conduct based on their skin color, ancestry, or other immutable characteristics.​

We support respectful disagreement. We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas—and never with dehumanization, deplatforming, or blacklisting.

We believe that objective truth exists, that it is discoverable, and that scientific research must be untainted by any political agenda.

We are pro-human and promote compassionate opposition to intolerance and racism rooted in dignity and our common humanity.

The Pro-Human Pledge

Fairness

I seek to treat everyone equally without regard to skin color or other immutable characteristics. I believe in applying the same rules to everyone, and reject disparagement of individuals based on the circumstances of their birth.

Understanding

I am open-minded. I seek to understand opinions or behavior that I do not necessarily agree with. I pursue the objective truth through honest inquiry. I am tolerant and consider points of view that are in conflict with my convictions.

Humanity

I recognize that every person has a unique identity, that our shared humanity is precious, and that it is up to all of us to defend and protect the civic culture that unites us.

FAIR's Principles of Peaceful Change

Based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s
Principles of Nonviolence

Exercise Moral Courage

Telling the truth is a way of life for courageous people. Peaceful change cannot happen without a commitment to the truth.

Build Bridges

We seek to win friendship and gain understanding. The result of our movement is redemption and reconciliation.

Defeat Injustice

We recognize that those who are intolerant and seek to oppress others are also human, and are not evil people. We seek to defeat evil, not people.

Don’t Take the Bait

Suffering can educate and transform. We will not retaliate when attacked, physically or otherwise. We will meet hate and anger with compassion and kindness.

Choose Love, Not Hate

We seek to resolve conflict through dialogue, not violence. We believe in the power of love.

Trust in Justice

We trust that the universe is on the side of justice. The pro-human approach is based on deep faith that justice will eventually win.

Meet the
FAIR Leadership Team

FAIR Founder and Chief Executive Officer
SENIOR FELLOW​​
FAIR MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION​
FAIR CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
FAIR MANAGING DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS​
FAIR Chief Operating Officer

Board of Advisors

AUTHOR, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Founder and President of Ideas Beyond Borders
Writer, Blogger, Entrepreneur
Computer Scientist
Human Rights Activist
Education Advocate
Musician, Author, Actor, Lecturer

Lisa Selin Davis

Author, Journalist
WRITER, MUSICIAN, VISUAL ARTIST
AUTHOR, JOURNALIST
Writer, Co-founder of Mind Over Media
Author, Filmmaker, Historian
Entrepreneur, Commentator, Journalist
Social Psychologist, Author
Author, Professor of Islamic Studies
Author, Writer, Speaker, Youth Mentor
Activist, Author, Lawyer

Stephen
Hawkins

Researcher,
Speaker
Education Reform Champion
Writer, Podcaster, Manhattan Institute
Journalist, Writer
Journalist
Editor, Podcast Host, Author
Diversity Educator, Social Care Advocate, Author
Journalist
Journalist, Author
Historian, Journalist, Author
Venture Capitalist
Author, Economist
Author, Psychologist, Professor
Public Defender, Candidate for NYC City Council
Author, Free Speech Activist
Author, Professor
Author, Political Commentator
Psychotherapist, Author, Public Speaker
Psychologist, Writer, Educator, Author
Psychologist, Author, Writer, Educator
Education Reformer, Author

Anika Prather

Educator, Author
Author, Political Scientist
Educator, Author, Entrepreneur
Professor, Author
Author, Journalist
Author, Science Writer, Editor
Author, Journalist
Professor of Rhetoric, Author
Film Producer, Writer, Director
Author, Writer, Editor, Commentator
Writer, Entrepreneur, Cultural Critic
Author, Blogger
Author, Journalist
Cultural Critic, Author
Writer, Mediator, Thought-leader
Author, Podcaster

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